The 5 Best Power Rings Characters (And Their Best Scenes)

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The world waited impatiently when power rings was supposed to drop 20 years after we saw Frodo and Sam complete their journey to Mount Doom and throw the One Ring into the fires.

Audiences were ready to return to Middle-earth and reunite with old friends, maybe even see some new faces.

power rings immediately became one of the most-watched Amazon Prime Video series of all time, with fans desperate to sink their teeth into the show’s extravaganza.

During the first season, we found ourselves in the company of characters we knew from previous films, as well as others we wouldn’t have known unless we had read all of Tolkien’s ancillary material.

Some of these characters stand out as more fleshed out and compelling than others, of course. Here are my picks for the best characters in power rings and why they are so great.

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5. Prince Durin

Durin is the dwarf who would eventually come into contact with the mighty Balrog in Moria and lose his life trying to kill him.

However, until that scene happens, we have the character from that series to help drive the story of power rings forward, and he’s doing a great job.

The Prince of Moria has to deal with many problems throughout his time in the series and he has significant doubts about his father’s rule, which leads to the awakening of the Balrog.

He’s one of the most interesting characters on the show, with a performance from Owain Arthur that matches the writing of his scenes.

Durin’s Best Scene: When Durin finally confronts his father about why he should trust Elrond and save the Elves, their verbal clash is titanic, with Durin losing his Prince title because of it.

4. Elrond

Elrond is one of the most famous characters in the saga, played by Hugo Weaving in the original films. See him as a younger, ambitious Elf with a different temperament? An experience to see.

Robert Aramayo brings young Elrond to life, showing flaws the Weaving incarnation did not have, and the character is used to set up the events that led to Gandalf’s eventual downfall in the Mines of Moria.

Lord Elrond has one of the most important arcs in the series. Watching him unfold while knowing what kind of elf he would inevitably become is one of the most intriguing aspects of the series.

Elrond’s best scene: When Elrond attempts to beat Durin in a rock-cracking competition, his effort to defeat the experienced dwarf is a lot of fun to watch.


Halbrand’s story is the one the entire series has pinned its hopes on. For everything that happens throughout the series, this is the character with the most twist.

When he reveals his true nature to Galadriel, Halbrand shows that his story was something the audience should have understood beforehand.

The whole first season is designed around the way he moves, which is the twist because of his relationship with Galadriel.

Ultimately, Halbrand is fun to watch, but the reveal turns the show into something closer to what audiences have seen before.

Halbrand’s Best Scene: The reveal of his true character is hard to beat, as Galadriel sees Halbrand for who he is through a series of visions he places in his head.

2. Gandalf (the stranger)

When he landed on the show (literally), there was some debate over the identity of the one known only as the Stranger.

Some were convinced it was Sauron. Others claimed he might be Saruman. For the rest of us, we thought he was our beloved Gandalf – and by the end of the season, it became clear we were right.

Thanks to the work done by Sir Ian McKellen over the past two decades, Gandalf is the character that fans hold most dear. Obviously, power rings without him would feel bad.

Daniel Weyman takes the role and makes it into something new, away from the wisdom of McKellen’s iconic character and into a different kind of Gandalf for a new generation of LOTR Fans.

Gandalf’s best scene: Although Gandalf has many displays of power throughout the first season, it’s how he tells Nori to “follow your nose” in the final episode that’s most striking.

1. Galadriel

As the star of the series, Galadriel had so much weight to bear to tie together the different stories told in different parts, first with the Elves and then with the Southlands.

Through it all, Morfydd Clark was excellent as an elf who would one day help Frodo on his way to Mordor. But Clark was a younger Galadriel, the one who chose to fight and fight his way to find Sauron, even though we all knew his task would fail.

Galadriel is the anchor of the series, the character that audiences can instantly connect with.

Until now, we only knew of Galadriel as the one brilliantly played by Cate Blanchett. This was to Clark’s advantage, who appropriated the character without stepping on what Blanchett achieved.

Galadriel’s best scene: When Galadriel defeated her enemy in the Southlands and captured Adar, we see the dynamic between the two change several times in the interrogation sequence – which perfectly shows the instability she feels in the first season.

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